Sclademar and the Vikings at Paris

The Bella parisicae urbis (The Battles of the City of Paris) is a poem written by Abbo a monk in the abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres. The poem was written at the end of the ninth century and talks of the Viking attacks on the city of Paris in 885-886. In the course of the battle a character with a curious name surfaces.  That name has the typically Slavic prefix Scla-.

Here is that part of the poem (recent Nirmal Dass translation):

“…Then, Sclademar slit the throats of two Danes, though he perished too. He was the first to kill a Dane, sent him to Hell, when those grim Heathens stormed the walls of Lutetia for the very first time. He was the first to draw the sword, and in the end died by it – That is, his sword cut down pagans, and then a sword ran him through. Sclademar fought beside Count Rotbert and was his retainer;”

Sclademar was shocked by the terms of the secret deal that ultimately got the Vikings to leave Paris

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February 13, 2018

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